India vs New Zealand: Rohit Sharma says continued success across formats result of playing as cohesive unit

"The way we are playing, credit goes to everyone. We have won six back-to-back series because we have played together as a unit," Rohit said.

PTI, Oct,16 2017

Mumbai: Star batsman Rohit Sharma on Monday said that playing as a cohesive unit had been the primary reason for Indian cricket team's stupendous success across formats in recent times.

"The way we are playing, credit goes to everyone. Because irrespective of whether you play for a city or country, you have to win a match and it is not an easy task. We have won six back-to-back series because we have played together as a unit," Rohit said during a promotional event.

File photo of Rohit Sharma. AP

File photo of Rohit Sharma. AP

In the limited-overs format, India defeated the Windies 3-1 in their backyard, whitewashed Sri Lanka 5-0 away and then decimated Australia 4-1 at home.

The right-handed batsman was speaking to reporters after the launch of Adidas Uprising 3.0 in Mumbai.

Unless a team performs collectively, it is difficult to sustain performances.

"If you (the team) want to win a tournament, it not that that one or two players will perform and you will win. It is essential that everybody contributes as this is a team sport. We are going towards a goal and that I think is good for team.

"The way the team is thinking that is in one direction, which is helping the side and everyone is contributing, not just one or two players," Rohit added.

Asked whether the goal was the 2019 World Cup, Rohit said, "See, there is one-and-a-half year for the World Cup. Now, it will be too early for me to comment on it. Yes, our aim is the 2019 World Cup and the preparations are on."

"Like our selectors, coach and captain have said the way our team is playing and the combination of the team has been made keeping the World Cup in mind. It is clear what the team (management) wants from the players."

India play New Zealand in a three match ODI series and as many T20Is.

On the series, Rohit said, "We haven't thought what we will do. When we will reach the hotel then the preparations will start. Two days before we have finished a series. Our goal will be to beat any team whom we play against".

KL Rahul and boxer Nikhat Zareen were present on the occasion.

Published Date: Oct 16, 2017 | Updated Date: Oct 16, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4969 124
2 South Africa 3888 111
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4058 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6680 119
3 New Zealand 6646 117
4 England 6550 115
5 Australia 6143 112
6 Pakistan 4875 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 2262 126
2 Pakistan 2843 124
3 India 3385 121
4 England 2029 119
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 South Africa 2238 112